una·​nim·​i·​ty | \ ˌyü-nə-ˈni-mə-tē How to pronounce unanimity (audio) \

Definition of unanimity

: the quality or state of being unanimous

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Examples of unanimity in a Sentence

in a rare moment of unanimity the club members decided to throw a party for themselves

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Conservative Republicans held up the bill during the break, objecting on three occasions to efforts by Democratic leaders to pass the bill by a voice vote requiring unanimity. Andrew Taylor, chicagotribune.com, "Congress finally sends long-delayed $19.1 billion disaster aid bill to Trump," 3 June 2019 One wondered whether that had something to do with scattered lapses of unanimity and intonation throughout the program. John Von Rhein, chicagotribune.com, "Violinist Faust, in a brilliant CSO debut, makes convincing case for flawed Schumann rarity," 12 May 2018 The near-unanimity of support for the agreement (and the flood of NDCs) left holdouts and renegades — of which international climate negotiations has always had its share — few places to hide. David Roberts, Vox, "The “Trump effect” threatens the future of the Paris climate agreement," 3 Dec. 2018 Decades after the Korean War — arguably the last American war with a high degree of public unanimity — the names and feats of war heroes began to fade in memory. Robert J. Shiller, New York Times, "Once Cut, Corporate Income Taxes Are Hard to Restore," 22 June 2018 These 15 men value unanimity and consensus, and Nelson’s replacement of the recently deceased Thomas S. Monson may well cause barely a ripple. Matthew Bowman, Washington Post, "The Mormon Church has appointed its next president. Here’s what to expect.," 16 Jan. 2018 That never happened, for many reasons, most notably the requirement that any such agreement garner unanimity among almost 200 countries, while the US, among others, was inalterably opposed. David Roberts, Vox, "The “Trump effect” threatens the future of the Paris climate agreement," 3 Dec. 2018 The session ended on a note of unity, although not, as the chair noted, unanimity. Seth Masket, Vox, "Race is still the central dividing line in the Democratic Party," 26 Aug. 2018 Last week, politicians from both sides of the aisle were encouraged to wear the shade by members of the Democratic Women’s Working Group in an effort to show unanimity with women across the country. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "Female Lawmakers Stand Up to the State of the Union in Suffragette White," 6 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of unanimity

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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